Dan Feldman

Josh Smith, Kenneth Faried
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Report: Nuggets still shopping for Kenneth Faried trade


Kenneth Faried has been involved in trade rumor after trade rumor after trade rumor after trade rumor after trade rumor after…

Not much has changed.

Zach Lowe of ESPN:

The Nuggets will also be at the epicenter of the trade market. They’ve been dangling Faried off and on for three years, and continue to now, sources say.

Faried has three years and $38,764,045 remaining on his contract – perfectly reasonable since the salary cap escalated. But Faried’s major issue in Denver – he neither spreads the floor offensively nor protects the rim defensively – makes him a difficult fit anywhere. His rebounding and hustle-generated shots at the rim go only so far.

The Nuggets already have multiple valuable young bigs in Nikola Jokic, Jusuf Nurkic and Juan Hernangomez. Darrell Arthur is capable if the team needs a steady veteran, and Danilo Gallinari also might be most effective at power forward.

I see why Denver is more than willing to trade Faried. I also see why it hasn’t happened yet.

I don’t see what changes those conditions.

Hawks want all fans to lock arms during national anthem

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Dwight Howard #8 of the Atlanta Hawks poses during media day on September 26, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

There are shortcomings with how arm-in-arm NBA players have demonstrated during the national anthem.

Dwight Howard and the Hawks want to do something more meaningful.

Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

After an hour-long team discussion following practice on Tuesday, the Hawks had the idea for all those in attendance at regular-season home games to join them and lock arms. The gesture possibly could begin with the team’s first home exhibition game against the Cavaliers on Monday. The contest has already been labeled a Unity Game to celebrate Atlanta’s multicultural groups and diversity.

“We want to start it here in Atlanta,” said Dwight Howard, who teammates credited with the idea. “It could be something really good here to show that as a city Atlanta is unified no matter what color, race, religion that you are. When you come to these games, we want to show that we are unified and we are together. The guys are going to compete on the floor. But before the games, we still want to pay homage to all those who died to fight for our country but at the same time we want to show that we are unified. We want everybody who is at the arena to show respect to each other. That’s where it starts. If we can start as a country respecting each other just by simple gestures, locking arms, saying that we are together things can hopefully change for the better. I think that will be a good start for us.”

This is definitely a step in the right direction, because it clearly signals to the viewing public that the team is calling attention to something – in this case, unity.

But unify to what end?

Nearly everyone wants the country to come together – but mostly on their terms. People who believe showing more reverence to the police would fix everything will lock arms with people who believe the police showing more restraint would fix everything, and both sets of people will expect the other to come to their side.

Togetherness is a noble goal, and if that’s what the Hawks feel comfortable promoting, more power to them. But don’t mistake this for the more courageous and meaningful stance Colin Kaepernick is taking.

Jeff Withey throws down dunk on Alan Williams (video)

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 05:  Jeff Withey #24 of the Utah Jazz slam dunks the ball against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the preseason NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 5, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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It hasn’t been the best week for Jazz center Jeff Withey, whose engagement ended with former Playboy Playmate of the Year Kennedy Summers:

Withey took out his frustrations on Alan Williams of the Suns:

LeBron James on David Blatt getting championship ring: ‘Who am I to say who can or can’t get a ring’

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt pats LeBron James on the chest at the end of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. James’ calculating image wasn’t helped when the Cavaliers stunningly fired Blatt on Friday, Jan. 22, despite Blatt leading the team to the NBA Finals last season and an Eastern Conference-best 30-11 record this season. James has played for three coaches during his two stints in Cleveland,  (AP Photo/Michael Perez, File)
AP Photo/Michael Perez

From the man who brought you such ringing endorsements as “What other coach do we have?“… LeBron James on David Blatt accepting a Cavaliers championship ring.

LeBron, via Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com:

“That’s an organizational thing and if that’s what they wanted to do then we’re all for it. Who am I to say who can or can’t get a ring?”

I really miss the LeBron-Blatt dynamic. For this quote alone, giving Blatt a ring was worth it.

Attorneys for Derrick Rose, accuser give (differing) accounts of consensual sex/rape during opening statements

FILE - In this June 24, 2016, file photo, New York Knicks' Derrick Rose speaks during a news conference at Madison Square Garden in New York. Phil Jackson made a risky move when he traded for the injury-prone Rose in June, and now the Knicks face the possibility of their point guard's involvement in a rape trial in California during his first preseason with the team.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lawyers for NBA star Derrick Rose and two friends accused of raping an incapacitated woman doubled down Wednesday on their assertions that the accuser willingly had sex with the trio, saying she performed sex acts on the men earlier that night at Rose’s mansion in Beverly Hills.

In sharp contrast to the opening statement in the civil case from the woman’s lawyer who called the incident a “classic gang rape,” the defense described an August 2013 scene for jurors in Los Angeles federal court that sounded like a porn movie.

They said the woman gave lap dances earlier under a sky full of stars by the side of Rose’s pool overlooking city lights, performed oral sex on Rose and had sex with his two friends before inviting them back to her apartment.

“There was no gang rape,” attorney Mike Monico said. “There was no rape at all.”

The woman’s lawyer said the story about her having sex earlier in the night was falsely concocted to try to show she was insatiable and wanted to have sex with the men later that night. He said the three got into her apartment in the early morning hours after she passed out from drinking and raped her while she faded in and out of consciousness.

“The plaintiff will tell you all three men were in the bedroom at the same time,” attorney Waukeen McCoy said. “Each of them took turns raping her, they don’t even know who went first.”

As the incident was graphically described and jurors looked on with pained expressions, the 30-year-old woman leaned forward so her long dark hair covered her face and dabbed at her eyes with tissues.

The Associated Press is not naming her because it generally doesn’t identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault.

The jury of six women and two men will have to decide if the accuser consented to sex or was too intoxicated from either alcohol or drugs to give consent.

They will have to rely primarily on her word against that of Rose and the other two men, Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton. There is no physical evidence because the woman was not examined by a doctor afterward and did not report the rape to police for two years – after filing the $21 million suit.

McCoy said the woman was too embarrassed to initially report the incident.

After sex, Rose took his condom, put it back in the wrapper and took it with him “like he was never there,” McCoy said.

NBA players are instructed to flush their condoms down the toilet or take them so women can’t use the sperm to impregnate themselves, Rose’s lawyer said.

Rose, 28, was traded to the New York Knicks this season after spending his previous seven years in his native Chicago with the Bulls. He’s in the final year of a five-year deal that will pay him $21.3 million, almost identical to what the plaintiff is seeking.

“It’s a sad effort to get a lottery hit,” attorney Mark Baute said of the lawsuit.

Rose, who was not in court after Tuesday’s preseason opener in Houston but expected to be present Thursday, had shown no remorse and told New York Knicks President Phil Jackson that he’d lost no sleep over the matter, McCoy said.

The defense will focus on the many text messages the woman exchanged with Rose, whom she dated on and off for nearly two years. The lawyers said the messages showed she was lucid and not intoxicated after returning home from Rose’s mansion. They denied she was ever drugged.

The two were split up when she texted Rose out of the blue the morning of Aug. 26 to say he makes her “horny.”

Rose replied by asking what she was doing that night and suggested she bring a friend over for a threesome. She rejected that idea, but agreed to bring a friend over later for drinks.

A clip from a deposition taken of Rose was played in which he was asked if there was anything in the text messages that led him to believe the plaintiff wanted to have sex with him and two friends that night.

He said, “No.”

In a later clip, he was asked if he understood what consent means.

He also answered, “No.”